Barcelona team news: Messi partnered with Alcacer & Deulofeu

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The Argentine talisman will be joined by unfamiliar team-mates, with Luis Suarez injured and Neymar now employed by PSG

Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu join with Lionel Messi in a front three for Barcelona against Real Betis on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is currently sidelined with a knee injury, while Neymar has been sold to PSG for a world-record €222 million fee.

As such, Alcacer leads the line and will be flanked by both Deulofeu and Messi.

Paco Alcacer Barcelona Alaves Copa del Rey 27052017

Gerard Pique, meanwhile, is on the bench after suffering a groin strain, with Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti at centre-back.

Barca have struggled for form in recent weeks, losing comprehensively to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup prior to the resumption of La Liga.

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Real defeated Barca 5-1 over two legs, and Ernesto Valverde's men will hope to recover from the defeat with a victory on the opening weekend of domestic competition.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Sergi; Messi, Alcacer, Deulofeu

Real Betis XI: Adan; Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Tosca; Camarasa, Guardado; Joaquin, Narvaez, Nahuel; Sergio Leon

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